The Mayor of London's Music Venues Taskforce has drawn up plans to, amongst other things, install a Night Mayor in order to ameliorate relations between night-time venues and authorities, overall helping to nurture and grow London's grassroots music scene, with a focus on venues.

It is billed as London's Grassroots Music Venues Rescue Plan, "A report for the Mayor, music industry, local authorities, government, planners, developers, licensors, police, economists, tourism agencies, musicians, culture funders."

Explaining the origin of Night Mayors, the report reads:

"In the Netherlands many cities have Night Mayors. These esteemed members of the arts and night-time entertainment community act as figureheads, building healthy relations between the various agencies involved in the night-time economy. Night Mayors, despite their title, also solve problems, nipping small issues in the bud before they escalate, thus saving local government and police officers valuable time and money."

The report goes on to say that a "Night Mayor for London would champion the night-time economy" of the city. "They would bring together night-time businesses, local authorities and the emergency services to ensure that night-time activity can thrive," it continues. "The Night Mayor would also review and implement strategies to minimise the risks of nuisance, anti-social behaviour or crime."

Alongside plans for a Night Mayor, the report suggests the creation of a Music Development Board, "charged with developing the potential of grassroots music venues in London," as well as the establishment of Music Zones to encourage clusters of "grassroots activity."

Since 2007, London has actually lost 35% of its grassroots music venues, with the number of spaces actively playing host to new artists dropping from 136 to just 88. In the past year and half alone many London music venues have either faced closure or been closed outright, including Vibe Bar and Soho venue Madame Jojo's.

Last month, the Music Venue Trust stated that it would be using its Venues Day (tomorrow; 20th October) to raise awareness and campaign against the increasing closure of music venues, not just in London, but across the UK.

Read the whole report here.